Who’s who in the office?

Maeve McBrideDirector, maeve@350vt.org

MaeveMaeve is the Director for 350Vermont. She works on soup to nuts: grassroots organizing, event planning, outreach, fundraising, and operations. Maeve’s academic background is in river science & engineering, and she completed a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UVM. Although she is still involved with river projects in the Northeast, she also is a devoted mom, climate activist, yoga teacher, gardener, and bike commuter.

 

Lily Jacobson, Volunteer Coordinator, lily@350vt.org

Lily is originally from the central coast of California. She has lived in Minnesota, Maine, Massachusetts, and an intentional community in Oregon, and has worked on farms and permaculture projects in Alaska, Ireland and the U.K., and Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation, before coming to Vermont in 2011. Lily has a background in ecological planning/design and comparative religion, and she is currently a student in the Leadership for Sustainability graduate program at the University of Vermont. Some of Lily’s other passions are making music, contra dancing, earth-based spirituality, and chocolate.

 

Zac Rudge, Development & Communications Manager, zac@350vt.org

Originally from Australia, Zac has worked with grassroots arts and social justice-focused organizations in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, The Philippines, Timor Leste, and Australia. More recently, he ran a citywide teen digital media education program in NYC. Since 2016 Zac has focused on producing quality digital content to amplify grassroots advocacy campaigns. 

 

Jaiel Pulskamp, Field Organizer, jaiel@350vt.org

From an early age, Jaiel Pulskamp, loved the outdoors. So it’s no surprise that she chose to become a farmer and works with 350Vermont as our (Re)Generate New Solutions Field Organizer. Jaiel is the owner of a small-scale organic fruit and vegetable farm, Kettlesong Farm in Worcester, VT and is excited to focus on building new alternatives to the fossil fuel industry.

 

Julie Macuga, Extreme Energy Field Organizer

Julie joined 350VT to help coordinate efforts to curb fossil fuel use in the state. She has volunteered with Protect Geprags Park since 2016 in efforts to put an end to the ANGP pipeline– doing everything from blocking construction of the pipeline and protesting TD Bank, to speaking at shareholders’ meetings and lecturing at UVM. She has also been involved in the movement to prevent F-35 fighter jets from being based at Burlington International Airport. Julie believes in a non-violent approach to activism, with a strong emphasis on doing research before acting. She hopes to put her Environmental Studies degree from UVM to good use in her efforts to take on issues of climate justice. When she’s not writing or researching, Julie enjoys painting and bird-watching.

 

Abigail Mnookin, Mother Up! Coordinatorabby@350vt.org

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Abby is excited to be organizing parents for climate action with 350VT’s Mother Up! project. She completed a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and taught high school biology for many years before becoming a mom. She strives to integrate climate activism into her various roles, which include being an instructor at the Vermont Wilderness School, a regular commentator on Vermont Public Radio, and a birth doula. Abby lives with her wife and their two daughters in Brattleboro where they bicycle, upcycle, and pee-cycle.

 

Géraldine Vatan Jackson, Mother Up! Organizer, geraldine@350vt.org

GeraldineMotherUpbio-297x300Géraldine is the Central Vermont Organizer for 350VT’s Mother Up! project. She grew up in France and now lives in the woods of Middlesex, with her husband and two young sons, in a timber frame that she and Josh built ten years ago. She comes from the fields of Literature, Linguistics, and Postcolonial studies, and has migrated to becoming a full-time home parent and educator. She is very excited to connect with other families to wrestle with climate change together in an active and hopeful way.

 

Ashley Laux, Mother Up! Organizer, motherupmidd@350vt.org  

Ashley is the Organizer for 350VT’s Mother Up! Middlebury Meet-Up group and is working towards climate justice with other Addison County families. Ashley is originally from Iowa and remains a Midwesterner at heart while loving life in Vermont. She has a background in international policy and higher education and also works at Middlebury College’s Center for Community Engagement helping college students build connections in their local community. You will often find Ashley with her kiddos and husband hiking Robert Frost Trail or swimming in Lake Dunmore.

 

Dia Brown, Operations Intern

Pro Dia (1)Dia’s love for the environment has been with her since she was a young child and has grown exponentially since then. At 14, Dia started the Crochet for the Bay, an environemal organization that crochets, knits, and sews items to fundraise for environmental conservation and restoration. Since, Dia worked for Patuxent Riverkeeper, assisting in legal work to prevent corporations from polluting the river, and at Our Common Calvert, an organization she helped start that teaches leadership through community service and educates on social issues. Dia is a first year at University of Vermont, majoring in Environmental Engineering. She is excited for what the future holds and thrilled to have a position at 350Vermont where her work means something. Dia will be joining our facilitation team in the summer but rejoining us back in the office this fall!

 

Taona Makunje Chigwenembe, 2018 IREX Fellow

Taona is an IREX Community Solutions Program fellow. She is Co-Founder of Creative Solutions in Malawi where she passionately fights against environmental degradation through community awareness on environmental issues, community engagement in afforestation initiatives and empowering communities using different skills to build capacity and create sustainable alternative livelihoods. Taona is excited to be part of 350VT where she organizes, educates, and engages youth and diverse communities in Vermont to work together for climate justice. Taona has a strong background in marketing and a degree in Social Sciences. She is also a devoted wife and mother to a four-year-old boy. She loves baking, cooking, fine art and enjoys the beauty and peace that comes with nature.

 

Ashley B, Outreach & Development Intern

Ashley is a senior Environmental Studies student at the University of Vermont, focusing on Environmental Justice, Policy, and Education. She has been with 350VT in various intern positions since fall of 2016, and is with us again for her final semester. This semester she will be focusing on our calendar fundraiser, and is excited to have an active role in such an important project. Ashley is passionate about social and climate justice, intersectional feminism, and education. Raised in a rural environment in California, Ashley has always been interested in agriculture and the outdoors, but her true passion for the environment sparked when she learned about climate justice in her first semester of college. She recently spent four months in the Middle East at a cross-cultural environmental peace-building institute, and hopes that all she learned there will influence her climate work here. After graduation, Ashley hopes to become an academic librarian and remain active in the climate justice activism community.

 

Who’s who on the board?

 

Dylan Cullen, Chair

dylan-300x200Dylan moved to Vermont four years ago to attend Champlain College, where they studied Environmental Policy. Dylan’s career as an activist was born out a need to unlearn behaviors and attitudes associated with toxic “whiteness” and “masculinity” that they had downloaded from culture. Dylan soon became interested in using art as a way to learn about and advocate for intersectional justice. Dylan currently works at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, where they coordinate social and energy justice efforts across the organization’s programs and services, business practices, and commitment to personal learning. Dylan is also interested in exploring ways to support Vermont’s farmers in creating economically profitable pollinator habitat on their properties. Dylan uses they/them pronouns.

 

KC Whiteley, Vice Chair

KC Whiteley is a long time resident of the Northeast Kingdom, now currently residing in Montpelier. After a long career working with child development and family support programs – like Head Start – KC is currently self-employed as a writer/editor/researcher and music columnist for Vermont Woman. She enjoys contributing her skills to projects and advocacy organizations that she cares deeply about and after a year of working tirelessly on the tar sands campaign has recently joined the board of 350VT.

 

Alex Messinger, Secretary

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Alex lives in Burlington with his wonderful wife and two fantastic children.  He feels incredibly lucky to be able to commute by bicycle to his job in information technology at the University of Vermont.  His perfect weekend includes a pre-dawn hike in Vermont’s mountains. The high point of his climate change activism (thus far) was joining the crowd of 400,000 at the People’s Climate March in 2015, where he dressed up as a displaced penguin.

 

Brian Tokar

ZMI_1749-300x199Brian is an activist and author, director of the Plainfield-based Institute for Social Ecology, and a lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont.  He is the author of The Green Alternative, Earth for Sale, and Toward Climate Justice, edited two books on the politics of biotechnology (Redesigning Life? and Gene Traders) and co-edited a recent collection, Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance and Renewal. He has been involved in a variety of energy and climate-related issues since the late 1970s and written widely on the politics of energy in the US.

 

Arthur Hynes

870420111106surroundwhitehouse-300x240Arthur is a photographer and videographer living in northern Vermont. He has been active with peace, justice, and environmental movements in various capacities most of his adult life and has been involved with 350VT since 2011.  His primary interests, besides environmental activism, are kayaking, skiing, skating, yoga, art, photography, dance, travel, and mushroom hunting.

 

Nancy Braus

IMG_2111Nancy is the co-founder, owner, and buyer for Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro, a bookstore committed to social justice, diversity, and the earth. She has been active in the movement to close Vermont Yankee and is honored to be able to transfer those organizing skills to the movement for climate justice. She loves long walks, cross country skiing, biking, and lake swimming. She also likes to write for local media. Her goal is to work tirelessly to take power back from the terrible new regime in Washington, and preserve our beautiful world for her children, grandchildren, and the children of the future. Nancy is incredibly grateful for electric assist bicycle technology, which makes 6 months of bike commuting to work possible and wonderful.

 

Charlie Megeso, Photo and bio coming soon!

Brittany Dunn, Photo and bio coming soon!

David Bardaglio, Photo and bio coming soon!